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By JW FunGuy
#2303643
My Suunto Altimax of 20+ years just died. So I was wondering what y’all wear for a wrist watch, or if you even do? Also because I want something that will hold up to the riggers of paddling in the salt.
Thanks!
By Kayak Kid
#2303651
Depends on your wants.

A Rolex SS submariner if you desire to impress others as well as have a rugged water proof watch.
Price: about $9.000.00.

A Timex Expedition if you want a water proof watch that tells perfect time.
Price: about $65.00
By mwatson71
#2303661
I haven't worn a wristwatch in about 15 years since my cell phone has the correct time all the time. Funny thing is, the only time I think about wearing a watch are when I am fishing and in a casino. But those are also the times I can use "I lost track of time because I didn't have access to my cell phone" for being late. :D
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By JW FunGuy
#2303664
Kayak Kid wrote:Depends on your wants.

A Rolex SS submariner if you desire to impress others as well as have a rugged water proof watch.
Price: about $9.000.00.

A Timex Expedition if you want a water proof watch that tells perfect time.
Price: about $65.00


The question was “what do you wear?” So which one of those two do you wear and which one do you like better? :D
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By Neumie
#2303667
My Suunto Core Crush crapped out on me earlier this year. Decided on a Garmin Fenix 3, bought a nice one on ebay for $140. It has the features I was looking for, barometer, storm alarm, sun/moon, tides, GPS tracking, etc. I don't really use it synced to my phone for text messages and all that jazz. The GPs tracking is nice when I forget my GPS I can still record my day on the water and import the tracks into Google Earth.
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By JW FunGuy
#2303671
Thanks Neumie,
I was wondering about how the gps tracking on those work. I have found myself having a few “senior moments “ in some remote marshes and have been thinking maybe I need to get a gps. :) I did like the barometer on mine for tracking weather camping etc.
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By Ron Mc
#2303753
Orient M-Force Auto (+ hand-wind) Power Reserve 200M diver. Mine could use cleaning after 5 years in the salt - may have to take it to my watchmaker.
The full watch, including the movement is made in-house in Japan by Orient, and this $450 watch has the same movement as their $2000 saturation diver.
A watch for a watch-geek.
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Bernhardt bench-makes watch cases in the US with imported movements.
They retain a collector's value. https://www.bernhardtwatch.com/collecti ... d-nautical

no offense Jim, but Seiko is made in China now.
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By TexasJim
#2303759
Twenty-plus years ago, I was sailing the Caribbean, SCUBA diving, lobstering, and racing on sailboats. I had a couple of cheapo watches, which didn't survive. There was a watch industry in St. Croix, basically "screwdriver plants", for tax purposes. A friend managed one, and they made "dive watches". He gave me one, and it lasted a short while, and I went to him and asked what can I buy that will survive? He said: "For your lifestyle, Seiko Dive Watch".

I bought one, and it lasted until the band broke during a dive. Boo! I bought another one, which I still have, and use anytime I'm boating. I've probably had it fifteen years, have put two bands on it, and maybe six batteries. The watch repair guy in St. Croix replaced the first battery, and told me when I picked it up, "Don't get it wet!" DOH!

Anyway, my $275-300 watch is the only thing that ever survived MY lifestyle(including wives). I've replaced the battery myself, probably four times. I've certainly gotten my money's worth with my Seiko dive watch. YMMV!

TexasJim
By Tombo
#2303765
I have a Samsung watch that is compatible with my cell phone. This way my phone stays in the dry hatch and can answer calls, emails, and texts on my watch. Bit pricey but cheaper than replacing the phone if it gets wet.
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By 4TheReels
#2303998
I have been wearing a G-Shock watch for several years now and it still works like a charm. It's my daily use watch plus my fishing watch.
By Kayak Kid
#2304005
JW FunGuy wrote:
Kayak Kid wrote:Depends on your wants.

A Rolex SS submariner if you desire to impress others as well as have a rugged water proof watch.
Price: about $9.000.00.

A Timex Expedition if you want a water proof watch that tells perfect time.
Price: about $65.00


The question was “what do you wear?” So which one of those two do you wear and which one do you like better? :D


I, of course, 'like' my Rolex better. I paid $250 for it in 1974. It's bullet proof. Wouldn't pay what they cost today...,for any watch. Have worn it sense most of the time. Generally wear it when I fish.

The Timex G force exposition I wear when I'm working on things like my car (band is rubber and won't scratch paint, etc.). Timex is electric, the Rolex is chronograph (looses 2 to 4 minutes per yr.). Timex tells better time.
By bigred90gt
#2304874
I just use my Apple Watch for everything. As mentioned about the Samsung watch, I can take calls and answer texts/emails from it, so my phone can stay in the dry bag.

Before I got my Apple Watch, my go to was a G Shock. Those things are practically bullet proof, and not that expensive.
By Ptslmbttx
#2304921
JW FunGuy wrote:
Kayak Kid wrote:Depends on your wants.

A Rolex SS submariner if you desire to impress others as well as have a rugged water proof watch.
Price: about $9.000.00.

A Timex Expedition if you want a water proof watch that tells perfect time.
Price: about $65.00


The question was “what do you wear?” So which one of those two do you wear and which one do you like
better? :D


I wear a stainless Rolex sub mariner with a black face. It’s a classic!
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By JW FunGuy
#2304957
Funny thing is after I declared my Suunto dead I left it open for a couple of days and decided to stick a battery in it one last time. It came back to life! This time I tried to make sure the o-ring was set right but I think it might be one of the buttons. Maybe I’ll get another 20 years? Probably not. I realized that I am just kind of a watch freak (OK my wife reminded me!) I do have an old Timex Spots something, a Seiko Chrono, a Swiss Army, and a Tissot Touch, that all still work! But all of those, except the Timex are my “dress” watches and wouldn’t think of taking them in the salt. And I guess I want something that is just my kayaking and fishing watch. Yes I could use my phone but frankly I don’t like even looking at my phone when I’m fishing, if someone wants me it can wait until I’m done. I usually put it on DND and my wife has a distinctive ring one, or just on airplane mode. So if I want to go cheap I’ll probably just wear the Timex until it dies. But I am also kind of a gadget freak so when that happens I may start drooling over one of the Garmin’s. Unless I hear of something else! :wink:
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By Wormdrowner
#2305073
Midway USA has Luminox watches on sale for about 1/2 price ($140). I'm retiring my old Seiko I got from my dad for one of them.

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